named HCC VP of Instructional Services
|On Dec. 19, the Halifax
Community College Board of Trustees approved the
selection of Dr. Erica C. Holmes as Vice
President of Instructional Services. On hand for
the announcement were HCC Board of Trustee
members Frank Avent (vice chair) and Dr. Stanley
Edwards (chair), along with Dr. Erica Holmes and
Dr Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
On Dec. 19, the Halifax
Community College Board of Trustees approved the selection
of Dr. Erica C. Holmes as Vice President of Instructional
Services. She will take the post vacated by Dr. Joy Cooley,
who recently retired. Holmes begins her new position, Feb.
“I am very excited to return to Halifax Community College,”
said Holmes. “I am looking forward to doing great work with
the faculty and staff and working with the college’s overall
Holmes comes to HCC after most recently holding the position
of Dean of the School of Business at J. Sargeant Reynolds
Community College in Richmond, Va. Reynolds is a
multi-campus institution serving more than 18,000 students.
Having worked in higher education for more than eight years,
Holmes has held several administrative posts. She is an
educator with a diverse background and has worked in all
sectors of education. Prior to working in higher education,
she taught statistics and mathematics at Warren County High
School and coached in the athletic department. She has
taught mathematics at Weldon Middle School while serving as
the department chairperson. She has also taught as an
adjunct professor at a number of private and public
universities including N.C. Wesleyan, Grand Canyon
University, Southside Virginia Community College, Halifax
Community College, and the College of the Albemarle. She has
taught doctoral students at Walden and Kaplan universities,
training the next generation of administrators. Her
international experience includes teaching at the University
of Liverpool and being accepted to present at conferences
abroad. She was awarded the “2007 Outstanding Dean Award” by
the International Society of Business.
On the frontlines of higher education, Holmes has positioned
herself as a visionary leader with concrete accomplishments.
She is well-recognized for her strong leadership and
entrepreneurship. To her credit, the institutions where she
held administrative positions have celebrated balanced
budgets, increased external funding, improved curriculums,
open communication, articulation agreements, and technology
advancements including online programs. She has made
valuable contributions to the field of research and serves
on many civic and community boards.
Holmes earned a doctorate in Education Leadership in Higher
Education Administration from the University of Sarasota.
She also holds an EDS in K-12 Educational Leadership, an MSA
from Central Michigan University, a BS from Saint Paul’s
College, and an AAS from Southside Virginia Community
College. She holds several graduate leadership certificates
from Virginia Commonwealth University, North Carolina State
University, and Roanoke Valley Leadership. Her technical
certifications include Online Facilitator, IC3, and
Microsoft Office Specialist.
Holmes and her husband, Antonio, are natives of Mecklenburg
County, Va. They have two children, Joi and Cherale.